366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, C.W. Riddell Correspondence from Caresse Crosby, MSS 39, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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This collection consists of three handwritten letters from Caresse Crobsy to C.W. Riddell, written in 1955.
Caresse Crosby was born Mary Phelps Jacob on April 30, 1891 in New Rochelle, New York, daughter of a prominent New England family. After a brief marriage to Richard Rogers Peabody, she married Harry Crosby in 1922 and soon after moved to France. In April, 1927, they founded a publishing company soon to become The Black Sun Press. After Harry Crosby’s death, Caresse married Selbert Saffold moved to Bowling Green, Virginia. In 1941, having divorced Saffold, Caresse moved to Washington D.C., where she opened the city's only modern art gallery. She also started Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly, a magazine that sought to continue her work with young and avant-garde writers and artists. She became politically active and founded the organizations Women Against War and Citizens of the World, which embraced the concept of a "world community" which other activists like Buckminster Fuller also supported. In 1953, Caresse published her autobiography, The Passionate Years. She died in relative obscurity from complications from pneumonia in Rome on January 24, 1970, aged 78.
Processed by Leslie M. Behm, July 2011
The collection consists of one folder with three letters from Caresse Crosby to C. W. Riddell, handwritten.
1 Letter dated Feb 28, 1955 to C. W. Riddell
Letter dated March 2, 1955 to C. W. Riddell
Letter dated March 6, 1955 to C. W. Riddell